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Harlequin's Gardens Spring Newsletter


WELCOME Dear Friends and Fellow Gardeners,
Welcome to Spring and to Harlequin's Gardens!

Our beginning was a move onto 2 acres with 7 junk cars, a run-down house and no landscape and no water, a great view and a vision to make a genuine plant nursery.  Twenty-five years later, with a lot of hard work, study, and the help of many good-hearted and smart people, we are here in 2017. Many of our native and Colorado-adapted trees and shrubs and perennials are mature and have created an ecosystem that attracts birds, snakes, ladybugs, native bees, butterflies and thousands of gardeners. It has been a labor of love.

First the good news: Over the last 25 years, the vision and strong efforts by the Harlequin’s staff and the vision and financial support of those of you who have been our customer-partners, have produced some important results that we can all be proud of:  Our organic approach has been multiplied by thousands of folks who buy our nontoxic plants and products. Our classes have taught hundreds of people just how to garden without poisons. This has been a great benefit to pollinators, frogs, pets, children and adults.   
We have been leaders in water-conserving gardening. Through our display gardens, the kinds of plants we sell, our classes and our advice, we have saved a lot of water, and are continuing through hundreds of water-wise gardens to save water and influence others to xeriscape. Even though we are a small company, we have presented the only public xeriscape gardens in Boulder for the last 20 years.

Since we have been focused on plants that perform well in Colorado without a lot of water, fertilizer and pest management, we naturally have specialized in native plants. We have been told that we have the best selection of native plants of any retail nursery in Colorado. We do carry a lot of natives, and we have always tried to grow some from locally collected seed so we are propagating our local genetic types. This focus is multiplied by the hundreds of gardeners who buy our natives, increasing populations of local plants and pollinators.

We recognized the need for a rich selection of adapted, delicious and nutritious organic vegetable and herb starts. We have used your feedback and recommendations, as well as our Taste of Tomato results, Slow Food’s Ark of Taste listing, and our own experience, to inform our choices of which varieties to grow. This has supported the growing of local, fresh food.

With our focus on sustainability, we have kept a low carbon footprint, made efficient use of resources and practiced recycling, reusing and composting.  And because we love plants, we find many unusual ornamental varieties, fruit selections and roses not often available, that make gardening fun and exciting.

These benefits have contributed to the resiliency of our community. We are both proud of these accomplishments and grateful that you valued these benefits to support us all these years.

This year, there is some bad news. Boulder County Land Use won’t allow us the right to build on our new property, because it was illegally divided 48 years ago. Who knew? We can still grow plants in hoop houses, so we will do that.

And of course, we are not alone in feeling the shock and pain of government management that lacks the vision to prioritize what is good for the people and for a sustainable environment.

Our world is in trouble and there are no easy answers, but we all can help. There seems to be a show-down between two world views: 1) I am separate and must struggle to get mine before somebody else takes it, OR 2) We are a family that is interrelated and interdependent and when we feed each other, we are taken care of.

Generosity is Nature’s example of how to survive and thrive. We can share our good fortune and our wisdom. We can make progress in a sustainable and regenerative world from our own gardens and homes and jobs. We can make our views known and we can put our money where it supports our values and remove our money where it supports intolerance, pollution and hardship for ourselves and others.

“Be like a flowing stream: yielding, but constantly forward”

is an old Taoist saying.

After more than 60 years of fossil fuel domination, we are not buying that Oil Brand any more. We are looking for ways to extract ourselves from the oil dependency that is the enemy of peace, health and sustainability. And we are looking for ways to revive a real democracy that is of the people, by the people, for the people and for all Life.

But what about plants, gardens, pollinators, and home-grown food??  We’re On It.

This year Harlequin’s Gardens opened on March 2nd for business on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Starting in April we will be open every day 9-5 and Thursdays til 6. And this year we ARE accepting credit cards, but cash and checks save us money and save you elevated prices. See our website or call 303-939-9403.

AGAIN this year, ALL our plants are free of neonicotinoids, and most are free of all toxic pesticides, and again we are selling beekeeping supplies. See a list of what we are carrying on our website or come out for a look in our BEE BARN.

It’s all alive / It’s all connected / It’s all intelligent / It’s all relatives

The Bioneers

Historically speaking, these bandits come and go

Marlyn Mather, Mikl’s 90 year old mother

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As usual we will have a great selection of organic veggie starts.  Every winter Eve pores over the most interesting and reliable seed catalogs, searching for new and special varieties that resist disease and pests, are very productive, taste fabulous, and that we think will likely be successful and rewarding here on the high plains and in the mountains. Our selection aims to include the best vegetable and herb varieties for a wide range of garden sizes and growing conditions (high altitude, hot, sunny and dry, shaded, short-season, raised bed, container, ornamental edible, etc.) and for a variety of culinary uses. We think you’ll find the very best choices at Harlequin’s Gardens. Please give us your feedback on what you grow from us.

WE ARE GROWING dozens of varieties that we cannot describe here. Please go to our website under Plants/Edibles for a complete listing and descriptions of our veggies.  

A FEW of our NEW TOMATOES: offering 79 varieties in 2017.

STRIPED GERMAN: 78 days, IND, OP. Top winner for outstanding flavor at our 2016 Taste of Tomato! This heirloom vine to 4-6’ tall bears huge (1-2#) ‘beefsteak’ flattened round fruits with ribbed shoulders, and are yellow with red marbling inside and red striping outside. The complex flavor is rich and fruity. Quite early for the size of the fruits.
MALACHITE BOX (Malakhitovaya Shkatulka): 70 days, IND, OP. Another favorite at our 2016 Taste of tomato. Bred and tested in Siberia. The early, light-to-olive green, mediumsized fruits have succulent, juicy bright green flesh with truly delicious, bright, perfectly balanced flavor. The vigorous, disease-resistant vines (to 8’) are productive even in the north. Benefits from amendment with calcium to prevent blossom-end rot. 
DWARF PURPLE HEART: 70 days, DET., OP. This compact, early mid-season tomato is vigorous, spreading and branching, and produces heavy yields of beautiful 6-16oz. heartshaped purple fruits with deep crimson, juicy flesh and delicious, well-balanced flavor. Perfect for growing in small gardens and large containers!
GREEN GRAPE: 60-65 days, DET, OP. An old-fashioned tomato with 1 ½” juicy, goldengreen fruits are borne in clusters of 4-12 that resemble large muscat grapes and are translucent pale, lime-green inside. The high-yielding plant makes a compact bush – great for raised beds and small gardens. Green Grape tomato has become popular in restaurants and markets because of its excellent, crisp, fresh flavor and unique attractiveness.

Plus many other Taste of Tomato faves and oldies but goodies: Sungold, Hillbilly, Isis Candy, Black from Tula, Glacier, Carmello, Berkeley Tie Dye, Siberian, Cherokee Purple, Chocolate Cherry, Peacevine, Brandywine, Kellogg’s Breakfast, Marianna’s Peace, Juliet, Fred’s Tie Dye, and many, many more!

Don’t miss our 7th annual ‘Taste of Tomato’ festival & tasting event!

along with Boulder County CSU Cooperative Extension on Saturday September 9th. There are always exciting new varieties to taste and learn about. It will be held in Boulder at the Gateway Park Fun Center, 4800 28th Street, 10 am to 1 pm. Check our website for entry instructions.  

A few of our NEW PEPPERS

PIQUILLO (Little Beak): 85 days, Sweet, Heirloom. Traditionally grown in the Navarra region of N. Spain, these small, bright red, tapered sweet peppers are usually roasted over a wood fire to impart a unique rich, spicy-sweet, smoky flavor, then peeled and then stuffed with cheese or meat for tapas. Delicious! Well suited to container culture.
ACONCAGUA: 70 days, Sweet/slightly spicy, Heirloom. This magnificent Argentinian heirloom pepper is named for S. America’s highest mountain. It bears a huge crop of fruit that grow 7-11” long! The medium-thick flesh is delicious fresh, grilled, roasted or fried, at all stages, from green to red. Plants grow up to 3’ tall and should be staked to support heavy fruit-set.
HUNGARIAN HOT WAX: 70 days, Hot, Heirloom. These longtime favorites are tapering peppers 7” long and 2” wide, ripening from green to bright light yellow, to red, starting out mild, heat building as they ripen. Easy to grow and one of the very best hot peppers for short-season and cool climates. Very prolific, tolerates crowding (~4 plants in a very large pot). Eat raw in salads, brushed with olive oil and grilled, sautéed with garlic, brined and canned, stuffed, etc.
RETURNING FAVORITES: Anaheim, Anaheim ‘M’, Ancho/poblano, Beaver Dam, Big Jim, Bulgarian Carrot, Cayenne, Chimayo, Italian Pepperoncini, Early Jalapeno, Joe E. Parker, Jalapeno, Lanterna Piccante, Mulato Isleno, New Mexico #6, NuMex Sunrise, NuMex Sunset, Pasilla Bajio, Pueblo (Mosco), Purple Cayenne, Sandia Hot, Serrano, Shishito, Tabasco, Thai.


New! SHOOTING STARS: 60 days, OP. Small oval 3-4” deep purple fruits with white ‘shooting star’ streaks, tender white non-bitter flesh. Ripens very early on compact plant to 2 ½ ft., good in pots!
LONG PURPLE (Asian type): 75 days, OP. Good yields of tasty 12″ long by 2 ½” wide dark purple eggplants. A large Asian-type from India, very flavorful, tender, never bitter.
PROSPEROSA: 65 days, OP. Baseball-sized round deep violet, prolific, delicious Tuscan heirloom.
BLACK BEAUTY: heirloom, 80 days: Large, firm, oval, glossy, deep purple fruits with excellent flavor & quality are borne on attractive, vigorous, compact 21” to 30” plants. Adapts well to a variety of conditions. Fruits are broad and sometimes beautifully ‘fluted’.
SLIM JIM:60days, OP. Bred in Italy, this ‘Asian-type’, has delicious long, slender dark purple fruits borne extra-early on gorgeous, dramatic plants. I would grow this one just for its ornamental value, even if I didn’t love the fruits, which I do. The deep purple coloration also infuses the sepals, leaves and stems. Harvest at 4-5”
ALSO: Rosita, Rosa Bianca, Swallow, Diamond, Galine, Listada di Gandia, Pingtung Long.


We have a Fantastic Selection of cool season vegetable starts this spring including many different varieties of Lettuce, Arugula, Beet Greens, Endive, Broccoli and Cauliflower, (including Romanesco), Cabbage, Collards, Radicchio, Kale, Spinach, Chard, Bok Choy, Broccoli Raab (Rapini), Onions, Leeks, Sorrel. We have Celery and Celery Root (Celeriac) and Kohlrabi. We also have some very tasty and interesting Asian vegetables that may be new to a lot of our customers – Tokyo Bekana Mustard, Red Giant mustard, Senposai, Mizuna, Red Shiso, Tatsoi, Senposai, Baby Bok Choy. These delectable Asian vegetables go far beyond stir fry. They are amazing added to salads, soups, sautéed with eggs or steamed or many Thai, Japanese or Chinese recipes.


Anuenue batavian, Blushed Butter Oaks, Buttercrunch, Forellenschluss romaine, Jericho romaine, Little Gem romaine, Matina butter, Merlot leaf, Midnight Ruffles leaf, New Red Fire leaf, Petite Rouge, Rouge d’Hiver romaine, Salad Bowl Blend leaf, Slobolt, Speckled Amish butter, Yugoslavian Red butter, Tom Thumb butter, Winter Density romaine.


Arcadia, Asparabroc, Atlantic, Di Cicco, Fiesta, Limba, Nutribud, Purple Peacock, Romanesco, Spigariello (leaf broccoli)


Bright Lights, Fordhook Giant, Gator ‘Perpetual Spinach’, Rainbow, Red Rhubarb, Seafoam.


Early Snowball, Graffiti Purple, Precoce de Jesi, Snowbowl, Violet of Sicily


All Seasons, Flat Dutch, Red Acre






Champion, Georgia Green, Green Glaze, Variegated


Darkibor, Dazzling Blue, Dwf. Blue Curled, Tuscan (aka Lacinato, Dinosaur, Nero di Toscano), Premier, Rainbow Lacinato, Red Russian, Scarlet


Bleu de Solaize, King Richard


Ailsa Craig, Copra, Redwing, Red Marble Cippolini, Walla Walla


Lavewa, Monstreux de Viroflay, Space, Tyee, AND……
NEW! Caucasian Mountain Spinach (Hablitzia tamnoides): Perennial Vine hardy in Zone 3-6. Originating in the Caucasus, it is a very hardy perennial, growing 6–9’ long for 2–3 months in the very early spring when few other edible greens have surfaced. It’s also tasty: both early shoots and subsequent leaves make a delicious and tender spinach-like vegetable without any bitterness. It’s also beautiful, and was introduced into Sweden around 1870 as an attractive vine to screen houses with its heart-shaped leaves. Emerging shoots are green and red. Leaves and shoots are eaten raw or cooked. A cultivated sensation in Scandinavia where, in the short northern growing season, the Spinach Vine will put on nine to twelve feet of bushy growth.


JERSEY KNIGHT –Roots, 5 per bundle: All-male hybrid with bigger spears. Does not make seed, so doesn’t become weedy. Best selection for dense clay soils. Very productive and disease-resistant. Hardy to Zone 2.
PURPLE PASSION – Roots, 5 per bundle: Beautiful deep burgundy-colored spears with high sugar content, delicious, tender, less fibrous, great raw in salads.


Eversweet, Fort Laramie, Tristar, EarliGlow, Alexandria alpine, Yellow Wonder alpine.


Sugarloaf, Glaskins Perpetual, Victoria.


both Culinary, Medicinal & Dye – Many varieties of THYME, LAVENDER, BASIL, MINT, HARDY ROSEMARY, SAGE, OREGANO, CHIVES, plus Parsley, French Tarragon, Cilantro, Dill, Fennel, Stevia, Lemon Balm, Lime Balm, Marjoram, Za’atar, Lemon Grass, Vietnamese Coriander, Pineapple Sage, Lemon Verbena, Borage, Savory, Lovage, Cutting Celery, Catnip, Calendula, Aloe, Astragalus, Greek Mountain Tea, Comfrey, Echinacea , Feverfew, Lobelia, Valerian, Motherwort, Mullein, Madder, Weld, Lomatium, Hyssop, Anise Hyssop, Plantain, Clary Sage, Skullcap, Arnica, Sheep Sorrel, Milk Thistle, Tulsi, Wild Dagga, Toothache Plant, Self-Heal, Rue, Mugwort, Wormwood, and maybe Osha!




SILVER SLICER CUCUMBER 54 days, OP: A great slicer with excellent flavor and lovely creamy white, thin, edible skin. Fruits are 2” wide, 5-6” long. Bred by Cornell U., very productive & mildew-resistant, did well for us under adverse conditions. Superb juicy, sweet, mild flavor and good crunch. Mikl is picky about cukes, and he LOVED this one.
BUSH CHAMPION CUCUMBER: 65 days, OP. A prolific producer of tasty, crisp, bright green slicing cucumbers up to 11” long over a long season. Another of Mikl’s favorites! Widely adapted and disease-resistant, seeds for this great variety have become hard to find and expensive. These bush-type plants take only a third the space of standard vining cukes, perfect for growing in containers and small gardens.
More Cucumbers: Armenian, Delikatesse, Diva, Early Russian Pickling, Homemade Pickles, Lemon, Marketmore 76, Shintokiwa, Straight Eight, Suhyo Long


Alexandria hyb, Armenian, Patty Pan, Black Zucchini, Black Beauty zuke, Coosa Lebanese hyb., Costata Romanesca, Early Yellow Crookneck, Green Tiger zuke, Raven hyb. zuke, Ronde de Nice, Saffron, Tromboncino Climbing Zuke


Baby Blue Hubbard, Blue Hubbard, Burpee’s Butterbush (Butternut), Burgess Buttercup, Sunshine hyb, Delicata, Sweet Dumpling, Sweet Meat, Waltham Butternut, Tetsukabuto hyb Kabocha, Thelma Saunders, Uncle David’s buttercup


Cinderella (Rouge Vif d’Etampes), Lumina, Sugar Pie, Winter Luxury


Collective Farm Woman, Diplomat hyb, Ha Ogen, Jenny Lind, Minnesota Midget


Blacktail Mountain, Cherokee Moon & Stars, Early Moonbeam, Sugar Baby, Sweet Dakota Rose
NEW! CHEROKEE MOON & STARS Watermelon: 95 days, Heirloom OP. A famous large, elongated watermelon with dark green rind studded with tiny yellow dots (the stars) surrounding one or more larger yellow spots (the moon) – very striking! Fruits are about 2’ long and weigh 10-16 pounds, with very sweet, juicy, old-fashioned, flavorful bright pink flesh and black seeds. The Cherokee strain is disease-resistant and ripens earlier than other Moon and Stars selections, allowing it to succeed in our shorter growing season. Loves sun, heat, rich well-drained soil, and water.

Go to for excellent descriptions of many of the hundreds of varieties we offer!


No occupation is so delightful to me as the cultivation of the earth.

Thomas Jefferson

Only 2% of farm land is planted with fruits and vegetables despite clear scientific evidence of their health benefits.

Union of Concerned Scientists

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“Of the more than one million species of animals in the world, 94% are invertebrates. The services they perform—pollination, seed dispersal, food for wildlife, nutrient recycling—are critical to life on our planet. Indeed, without them whole ecosystems would collapse.”

The Xerces Society

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This year we are Celebrating 25 Years as Harlequin’s Gardens, thanks to all of you who have helped us survive and grow all these years. We are propagating more pesticide-free plants than ever before and we are waving a new banner proclaiming the goodness of Life. We have trademarked Life Brand Plants TM. Our new brand is both an advertisement for our strong, healthy, Colorado-adapted plants, grown without toxic poisons and without chemical fertilizers, And this brand is also an advertisement for LIFE: for the power and good of Life and for our appreciation of Life’s intelligence, mutual aid, resilience and regenerative abilities.  


Life is the problem
Oil is the solution
Fight life with pesticides fungicides & herbicides
Plants need chemical fertilizers


Oil is the problem
Life is the Solution
Support Life with organic matter and love
Plants need Soil Life
Healthy Soil=Healthy Plants
Vitality & Nutrition=Value

The Life Brand is an invitation to be a supporter in the web of Life: to feed Life, nourish Life and make mutually beneficial relationships with our neighbors, soil organisms and insects. It is an invitation to harvest energy without polluting and poisoning.
Our Life depends on it.
Our Planet depends on it.


In nature’s economy, the currency is not money; it is life.

Vandanna Shiva

With all the resources available today, there are few excuses for not going organic, raising clean food with methods that mimic nature and actually work better than growing plants with synthetics. Nature has billions of years of experience on us.

Dr. Andrew Weil

What can we do?  

A few ideas: Support the Rights of Nature; become a member of our local community radio station KGNU that brings us local and genuine news; promote the Inclusion Revolution, including all peoples and the web of Life; connect with the Nature in our gardens to get in touch with Life’s real goodness; shop local & independent: spend $100 at a local business and $68 stays in the community, spend $100 at a chain and $43 stays local; take Elizabeth Black’s class in sequestering carbon in your own soil; trust in the heart.

Real change never takes place from the top down. It always occurs from the bottom on up— when tens of millions of people say ‘enough is enough’ and become engaged in the fight for justice. That’s what the political revolution we helped start is all about. That’s why the political revolution must continue.

Bernie Sanders

Too often we assume that solving the climate challenge is largely a job for national governments...success also requires a “bottom up” strategy that mobilizes people to become active in their communities and through their local and state governments worldwide.

Union of Concerned Scientists

Anyone who believes that unlimited growth is possible in a limited world is either a madman or an economist.

Kenneth Balding

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HARLEQUIN’S FAVORITES: a few of our special plants

Alyssum oxycarpum-our new Favorite Plant: a low Basket of Gold, 4” high and 24” in diameter, gorgeous silver foliage summer and winter, with soft yellow flowers in spring See them in our Groundcovers Display Garden. Harlequin’s Exclusive. Colorado-tough.
Teucrium sp. ‘Harlequin’s Silver’ was selected amongst our seedlings. This silver-leafed germander is a beauty; 4” high and 24” wide; purplish flowers. We have tested it in hot, dry conditions and find it needs little water. The silver leaves look beautiful summer and winter.   
Keller’s Yarrow: a wonderful, heat tolerant, non-spreading yarrow; very attractive bluegreen ferny foliage; clusters of white flowers provide nectar for beneficial insects. 6”x 18” wide; undemanding and enduring; low water needs. Not bothered by deer or rabbits
Jasmine Dianthus: the white filigree flowers have a most wonderful jasmine fragrance. A single tiny flower is enough to raise eyebrows of delight; a mature plant can lure you from 10’ away. The foliage looks grassy so be careful not to pull it out; 6”x 18”; low water needs
Reiter’s Thyme: a tough, resilient creeping thyme often grown as a groundcover or small lawn. David Salman says “…rich, olive-green foliage grows so thickly that it also chokes out most weeds.” 3”x 30”; lavender flowers in the summer for nectar for the bees.
Veronica allioni: this is the true rock garden gem with 6” spikes of blue flowers on a 12” mat. This is not the groundcover sold under the same. Tough, low water and really cute.
Native Bee-Balm (Monarda fistulosa v menthifolia): Mint-scented foliage and stunning, nectar-rich purple-pink flowers that bring bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Leaves make a delicious tea. 2’ to 5’ tall. Very hardy perennial to zone 3, adaptable to many soils.
Native Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata): This easy, hardy 2’ perennial bears masses of large red daisies with fringed bright yellow tips. Thrives in hot dry places and blooms all summer. Dead-head for more flowers and a neater look. A favorite of bees and butterflies.
Liatris ligulistylis (Meadow Blazingstar): This is the ultimate Monarch butterfly magnet! It grows 3 to 5’ tall, with numerous crimson flower buds opening to large bright purple-pink florets that bloom over an extended period of time in summer. It is a prairie native. ! After flowering, the seeds are a favorite food for goldfinches. Hardy to Zone 4.
Desert Four O’Clock: perennial native, 4’ in diameter, deep pink flowers, very xeric
Giant Sacaton-(Wright’s)-very ornamental native clump grass, 7’ with plumes, xeric
Mentzelia decapetala, Blazing Star: 10 petaled, star-burst ivory flowers, 3’-4’ xeric native


Lower maintenance, more flowers for pollinators. All are neonic-free
Paxistima canbyi: dense, low, broadleaf evergreen, 12”18”, good for dry shade, a beauty
Julia Jane Boxwood: discovered in Denver, grown at Harlequin’s for 10 years, 3’ evergreen, deer and rabbit proof, low water, survived Nov ’14 with little damage
Squeek Point Kinnickinick-3” high evergreen groundcover, pink bells, local selection
Littleleaf Mt. Mahogany-C. intricatus to 5’ evergreen, rosemary-like leaves, xeric, tidy
Fernbush-5’ high 4’ wide, fern-like leaves, white flowers loved by beneficial insects & bees
Chilopsis linearis-Desert Willow- 10’ with beautiful orchid-like flowers, drought tolerant
Philadelphus Mock Orange Mikl’s Select- 10’ low water shrub, very very fragrant flowers
Physocarpus o. Nanus-Dwarf Ninebark: attractive flowers, foliage, bark; 1’-2’ high; shade

A common soil bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, when inhaled or ingested by humans, stimulates seratonin production, providing the same effect as anti-depressants. One of the benefits of gardening.


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On March 2 we opened for the Season: Thurs., Fri., Sat., and Sundays, 9-5
Beginning April 1 we will be open every day 9-5; Thursdays 9-6
May 1-7: Harlequin's Gardens May Day Plant Sale
May 6 & 7: Harlequin’s Gardens Annual May Day Celebration
On Saturday, May 6 from 10-11 don’t miss the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers who will bring us fertility and merriment. Then at 12 Noon, jig and reel with the excellent musicians of the Boulder Irish Session
On Sunday, May 7, refreshments will be served, and from 10:30-12 enjoy Alamos, a duet of clarinet and flute playing light classical, ragtime and folk. At 1 pm local harpist Margo Krimmel will treat us to O'Carolan and other fine melodies.
August 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27:  Members Fall Plant Sale
Aug 28: Harlequin’s Annual Fall Plant Sale begins for everyone. This sale continues every week in September and October
Sept. 9: Taste of Tomato: a tomato tasting festival; CSU Co-op Extension with Harlequin’s Gardens; Held at Gateway Park. 9-1 Bring your favorites; call/see our website for details.
October: open every day 9-5, our Sale continues. Closed for the Season-TBA.
December Holiday Market begins on Green Friday with Local Artisan Goods and Goodies every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in December.


Project Drawdown presents 100 solutions to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations so they will decline on a year-to-year basis; solutions that create jobs, improve lives, restore the environment and advance human health. (Paul Hawkin)

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In our classes you will learn more than information. Our teachers are people who have spent years honing their skills and their experience in Colorado will help guide you to success. We are charging $15 unless otherwise stated to support our speakers and Harlequin’s educational direction. (Cash and check are much appreciated!) Pre-register at 303-939-9403 for these classes both in case they fill up or too few people register and we have to cancel the class. Pre-payment assures your place in the class. Classes are also listed at .


Sat, Apr 1 at 10 AM – Get Started in Veggie Gardening with Mimi Yanus
If you are new to Colorado, new to vegetable gardening, or have been unhappy with the results of your earlier attempts, this class is for you.  Learn what you need to know to make your new organic vegetable garden successful, even bountiful, even in Colorado conditions!   $15
Sat, Apr 1 at 1 PM – Seed Starting Success with Janis Keift
Planting seeds connects you to the earth and your garden.  Learn tips and information for seed starting success including seed selection, when to plant, containers, light, and more.  We will also discuss planting seeds directly in the garden and starting seeds indoors for transplanting.  It's time to plant!   $15    
Sun, Apr 2 at 10 AM – Organic Lawn Care with Mikl Brawner
Learn how to support healthy soil and soil life using compost, organic fertilizers, aeration, proper watering, and mowing, and how to avoid and deal with weeds.   $15
Sun, Apr 2 at 1 PM – Succession Planting with Tracey Parrish
Learn the techniques and timing to maximize your garden space and keep your veggie garden in continual production throughout the seasons. This class provides participants with an extensive planting schedule table, outlining when and where to start your seeds, the time to transplant out and when to expect harvest. Tracey is expert in culinary gardening, has a large garden and sells produce and cut flowers at local farmer’s markets.    $15
Sat, Apr 8 at 10 AM – Do it Yourself Drip Irrigation with Alison Peck
Drip irrigation can be easy! Come learn a simple, easy to design and install system that can be connected to an outside hose bib with a battery-operated timer, giving you inexpensive automatic watering. We will also discuss new efficient sprinklers that can reduce water use for lawns and groundcovers.   $15
Sun, Apr 9 at 1 PM – Neonicotinoid Pesticides with Mikl Brawner
What are neonics, and how do they affect bees and other insect life? This class will show you how to avoid letting them into your yard, and choose pesticide alternatives like healthy soil, beneficial insects, and non-toxic sprays.   $15
Sat, Apr 15 at 10 AM – Edible Landscaping with Alison Peck
Learn how to grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, vines and herbs in your yard, beautifully. Learn which plants are the most successful and how to integrate them into your landscape.  Alison has been designing edible landscapes for 25 years; she owns Matrix Gardens landscaping.   $15
Sun, Apr 16 – Easter
Sat, Apr 22 – Earth Day
Sat, Apr 22 at 10 AM – Native Bees for the Youngsters! with Jessica Goldstrohm
Children and parents learn together about native bees in this hands-on, super-fun class!  Jessica will introduce you to our native bee species & their habitat needs, you will build a Leaf Cutter Bee House to take home, and sing the new Bumble Bee song!  Hungry Honey Bee book & seeds available for purchase.   (repeated on May 27)   $20, one parent and one child.  $5 per additional child.
Sat, Apr 22 at 1 PM – Fearless Rose Pruning with Eve Reshetnik Brawner
Eve will demonstrate and discuss why and how to prune roses in a fearless and confident manner.  She will also discuss feeding, watering, etc. to maximize your success with growing roses.  Wear long pants, long sleeves, gloves, and a hat and be prepared to be outside.   $15
Sun, Apr 23 at 10 AM – Baby Goat Day with Margaret Hollander and her Kids – Free!
Margaret, owner of Capering Goat Dairy, brings several of her adorable baby goats by for a visit.  Bring your children, or just your own inner child, to enjoy their antics!   Free!
Sun, Apr 23 at 1 PM – Viticulture with John Martin
Would you like a glass of wine from your own backyard vineyard? Then this is the class for you!  John will discuss grape varieties and how to get started in wine making.  He is co-owner of Stonebridge Farms in Lyons, the first CSA in Boulder County.    $15
Fri, Apr 28 – Arbor Day
Sat, Apr 29 at 10 AM – Rainwater Harvesting with Alison Peck
Rainbarrels are finally legal in Colorado - yay!  Learn about rainbarrrels and even better ways of using rainwater and snowmelt, such as rain-gardens and pervious pavement (and even about greywater).  Learn easy ways to use this free water in your gardens while protecting yourself from flooding.   $15
Sun, Apr 30 at 1 PM – Best Fruit Trees for Colorado with Mikl Brawner
Learn which varieties of fruit trees are successful here, which are not, and which are good flavored: Apples, Cherries, Plums, Pears, Peaches.  Mikl’s first orchard was in 1976 and he will teach you how how to care for your fruit trees.   $15


Mon, May 1 to Sun, May 7 – May Day Sale
Sat, May 6 & Sun, May 7 – Harlequin's Gardens Annual May Day Celebration Featuring the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers’ on May 6!
Sat, May 13 at 10 AM – Combating Climate Change in your Garden with Elizabeth Black
Soil sequestration of carbon is a hopeful new strategy for combating climate change and promoting healthy soils.  Certain gardening practices can take CO2 out of the atmosphere, store the CO2 in your soil AND improve your soil. Through these practices, your garden can become part of the solution to climate change.  Elizabeth will cover the whys, how’s, research, and challenges of soil sequestration and soil health.  If you are curious about soil sequestration of carbon and want to learn more, please join her.   $15
Sun, May 14 – Mother’s Day
Sat, May 20 at 10 AM – The Whole is Greater than the Parts: From Native Plants to Native Landscapes with Alison Peck
When we move from plant collections to landscapes patterned after nature, our gardens become richer, healthier, and more abundant.  We'll share ecological understandings that allow us to work with nature to conserve resources (including our time), create better habitat for us and wildlife, and weave native plants into regenerative native landscapes.   $15
Sun, May 21 at 1 PM – Natives in the Garden with Mikl Brawner
Tired of replacing plants that struggle in our Colorado climatic conditions?  Learn how to choose and successfully grow specific native shrubs and wildflowers that thrive here, support native pollinators and birds, save water and have a Western look.   $15
Sat, May 27 at 10 AM – Native Bees for the Youngsters! with Jessica Goldstrohm
Children and parents learn together about native bees in this hands-on, super-fun class!  Jessica will introduce you to our native bee species and their habitat needs, you will build a Leaf Cutter Bee House to take home, and sing the new Bumble Bee song!  Hungry Honey Bee book & seeds available for purchase.   (repeat of Apr 22)   $20, one parent and one child.  $5 per additional child.
Mon, May 29 – Memorial Day


Sat, Jun 3 at 10 AM – Beneficial Insects with Carol O’Meara
Most of the insects we encounter are actually good guys! Carol will help you learn the difference, and what you can do to attract them.  Carol is a Boulder County Master Gardener.   $15
Sat, Jun 3 at 1 PM – Growing Antique Roses for Beauty, Fragrance & Reliability with Linda Taylor
Explore the beauty, fragrance, and ease of growing old garden roses. Every garden should have at least one heirloom rose!  Linda has grown roses for over 20 years, both here and Montana, where she owned her own nursery.   $15
Sun, Jun 4 at 10 AM – Berries & Small Fruits for Colorado with Mikl Brawner
Small fruits are delicious, high in antioxidants, take up less space and bear sooner than trees: strawberries, currants, raspberries, grapes, gooseberries.  Learn about the best varieties for Colorado and how to grow them.   $15
Sun, Jun 4 at 1 PM – Habitat Hero Wildscaping 101 with Daria Leverne and Laura Somers
From a birds-eye view. Learn how to create wildlife-friendly gardens that help combat the loss of open spaces and create green corridors that link your wildscape to larger natural areas by providing habitat for wildlife.  Daria and Laura of Audubon Rockies and CNPS will demonstrate the importance of restoring our communities, one garden patch at a time.   $15
Thur, Jun 8 at 5 PM – What’s Wrong with my Tomato Plant? With Carol O’Meara
It’s that time when we are beset with all manner of tomato plant issues. Our local Colorado State Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agent and tomato expert will help diagnose problems.   $15
Sun, Jun 11 at 1 PM – Living with Emerald Ash Borer and Japanese Beetles with Mikl Brawner
We have two new invaders in our plant world, Emerald Ash Borer and Japanese Beetles.  Learn from Mikl how to evaluate your plants and learn about the various solutions that are the most effective.   $15
Sat, Jun 17 at 10 AM – Colorado Native Bees with Kristina Williams
If you have a backyard garden, it's probably being pollinated by some of Boulder County's 500+ species of native bees.  We'll talk about some of the basic types and how you can create bee friendly habitat to invite them to your yard.  Then we'll walk through Harlequins' demonstration gardens to observe some of these bees in action.   $15
Sun, Jun 18 – Father’s Day
Wed, Jun 21 – Summer Solstice
Jun 19-25 – National Pollinator Week
Sat, Jun 24 at 10 AM – Honey Bee Meet & Greet with Kristina Williams
Have you ever watched bees coming out of a knot hole in an old tree or seen those stacks of boxes near a field and wondered what was inside?  Come take a peek inside a working hive of honey bees and chat about what it takes to have a hive of your own or to help bees in general.   Please wear long sleeves and pants.   $15
Sun, Jun 25 at 1 PM – Managing Garden Pests without Poisons with Mikl Brawner
Learn how to look for and identify common pests, and how to judge if anything needs to be done. Learn which organic solutions are the most effective, for what, and how to do it.  Mikl has been walking this talk for 35 years.    $15


Tue, Jul 4 – Independence Day   (Harlequin’s Gardens is Closed)
Sun, Jul 9 at 1 PM – Butterflies of the Colorado Front Range with Sarah Garrett
Curious to know more about our Front Range butterflies?   Join Sarah from the Butterfly Pavilion is learning how to identify our most common butterflies and what you can do to help them prosper here in Colorado.   $15
Sat, Jul 15 at 1 PM – Basic Landscape Design with Elaine Walker
Elaine is a landscape architect who will show you the elements of designing areas of your property. Learn how to observe your site, identify goals, take a site analysis and create a bubble space diagram.    $15
Sun, Jul 16 at 1 PM – Tips and Tricks of Xeriscape with Mikl Brawner
Gardening with less water is not that hard if you know how! There are tricks that will improve your success. Mikl’s will pass on his 30 years of xeriscape experience.   $15
Sun, Jul 23 at 1 PM – Gardening with Mushrooms, The Magic of Mycelium with Zach Hedstrom
Join Zach for a class about the many ways you can incorporate mushrooms and fungi in your garden and lifestyle. You will learn the basic techniques for growing mushrooms, how to encourage fungal activity in your soil, and about the health-giving properties that you can experience from eating more mushrooms!   $15


Sat, Aug 5 at 1 PM – Foraging Rocky Mtn Mushrooms: Regional Mushroom ID with Zach Hedstrom
In this class, you will learn the basics of mushroom identification and what you should know before going out on a hunt. We will also introduce a variety of local mushrooms and their identification features. A good class for beginners as well as those who have done some foraging before.  $15
Sun, Aug 6 at 1 PM – Pruning for Strength, Health and Beauty with Mikl Brawner
Learn how to train young trees, restructure shrubs and trees damaged by storms, and to prune roses. Mikl has over 35 years of experience in pruning.   (Repeated on Sep. 17)    $15
Sun, Aug 13, at 10 AM – Make your own Hyper-Tufa Trough with Tamara Winter
Design, create and bring home your own hyper-tufa trough, ideal for alpine treasures, cacti and succulents, etc.  Dress to get dirty: bring particle mask, rubber gloves, bandana; forms provided or bring one.  Meet at 9:45 and then follow Tamara to her nearby studio.   $40, includes materials & trough.
Sun, Aug 27 at 1 PM – Low Tech Greenhouse Design and Operation with Mikl Brawner
Mikl has been researching, building, and using simple greenhouses for 20 years. This class will focus on five designs on site at the nursery.  $15


Mon, Sep 4 – Labor Day
Sat, Sep 9, 10 AM-1 PM – Seventh Annual Taste of Tomato
A tomato tasting festival!  CSU Co-op Extension with Harlequin’s Gardens and held at Gateway Park. Bring your favorite tomatoes for free entry!  Call 303-939-9403 or visit our website, Harlequin’, under Event, for details.
Sun, Sep 17 at 1 PM – Pruning for Strength, Health and Beauty with Mikl Brawner
Learn how to train young trees, restructure shrubs and trees damaged by storms, and to prune roses. Mikl has over 35 years of experience in pruning.   (Repeat of Aug 6)    $15

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All along, we have depended on recycled materials, trades, word-of-mouth promotion, generosity, kindness, passion, service and other non-corporate building blocks to create our success. This year we are going to use membership money to buy labels for our demonstration gardens. We know our labeling has been lacking. This will make our gardens more educational.

If you like what we have been doing, please become a member and help us to do it better, and enjoy the benefits of membership.  Here is our expanded current offer: Members will give us $20 for a one year membership and in direct return will receive these benefits
1)  Half-price Harlequin’s Class of your choice
2)  25% discount on books all year
3)  During the May Day Week get $10 off a $50 or more purchase of plants (except roses & fruit trees)
4)  During May Day Week, take 10% off roses (except quarts), then
5)  in August begin the fall sale a week early with 20% off most everything.

You can become a member anytime you are at the nursery, or mail a check for $20 to
Harlequin’s Gardens
4795 N.26th St.
Boulder, CO. 80301

We will put you in our Membership file. A membership is valid until the end of the calendar year.

Why don’t more people understand that Mother Nature is a pretty smart lady?

Agroecologist and entomologist, Jonathan Lundgren

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We are very proud of our staff, so to help you to get to know us and our specialties, here are our portraits.

Garima Fairfax studied botany and environmental studies in college, is a certified herbalist and a master gardener. She is an organic gardener and has worked at 4 organic farms. She created Lyons Walking Arboretum, is on the Lyons Ecology Board and is in the process of creating RM Botanic Gardens in Lyons.

Gary Meis was the head propagator for Country Lane Wholesale Nursery for 20 years. He has a special interest and is very knowledgeable about edible and medicinal native plants. He is the primary propagator at our new wholesale growing operation that supplies pesticide-free plants to Harlequin’s.  

Jeff Edson has a degree in biology and spent much of his professional life directing the cleanup of toxic waste sites, like the Rock Mt. Arsenal. Jeff is an avid gardener and has been growing wine grapes for the past 20 years.

Kristina Williams has been a beekeeper for over 20 years and is our local expert on native bees. She will be available to help people with beekeeping questions and beekeeping equipment.

Mimi Yanus has grown vegetables and flowers for the Farmers Market and for a CSA. Her class at Harlequin’s on Veggie gardening is always popular. Talk with Mimi about growing vegetables and cut flowers.

Rebecca Waterhouse is our new office manager who grew up on her family’s hobbie farm in Oregon.

Matthew Emmanuel-Ogier has worked as a landscaper and is helping with plant propagation, & more.

Loren Brown is an experienced beekeeper and is available to help our customers in our Bee Barn with questions about equipment and beekeeping in general. He builds our bee boxes and frames.

Elaine Walker has a degree in landscape architecture with an emphasis in ecological practices. She has her own landscape design practice, and her recent work includes designing outdoor living spaces, retaining & boulder walls, water features, native and drought tolerant plantings.

Matt Patrick is trained as a CSU Master Gardener and has operated his own landscape business for the past 10 years. He has a strong knowledge of plants for our area. He has worked for the Boulder County AIDS Project, Boulder Human Relations Comm., & Foothills United Way. He excels in recycling.

Engrid Winslow has a degree in Urban Horticulture and has taken Master Gardener training. She is an excellent and educated gardener, and her new greenhouse is allowing her to propagate organic veggie starts for us. She manages both our organic vegetable production and our new Bee Barn and helps care for our bees and her home hives. Engrid makes the best jams and preserves which are for sale at the nursery.

Heather Stone worked with us 9 years ago until the birth of twins called her home. She holds a certificate in clinical herbalism, and has been gardening locally for 16 years. Her special interests include herbs, vegetables and perennials. She volunteers at Coal Creek Elementary in the Garden to Table program.

Eve Reshetnik-Brawner has always had a passion for gardening and for studying, growing and drawing plants. She has a degree in landscape architecture and over ten years of professional experience in that field. She has a special love and knowledge of roses, fragrant flowers, ornamental grasses, clematis, natives, vegetables and herbs. Eve, with Mikl, designed the rose garden at the Boulder Dushanbe Tea House. In her “spare” time she is a musician, a ceramic artist and loves to cook. Eve is available for garden consultations.

Mikl Brawner got his initial training along the creeks and woods of eastern Iowa. He studied biology at the University of Iowa, then went to India with the Peace Corps. Back in America, he managed a small organic apple orchard, and started a tree care business. Studying plants, researching alternatives to pesticides, and developing a xeriscape garden led him from the tree tops to a plant nursery. Now the evolving Harlequin’s Gardens is his life-work, helping the gardening community to bring nature into their personal lives and homes using sustainable plants, materials and methods. His current passion is soil health, and designing an energy-efficient greenhouse. He was honored with the 2009 PaceSetter Award for the Environment.

And we’re delighted to have occasional help from: Sharron Zaun, Marty Crigler, and Marilyn Kakudo Linda Moore, Heron Stombock and Nancy Wolfson.

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Very Special Products To Benefit Your Soil Life and Your Plant Life

Big Foot Mycorrhizae-combines 4 species of mycorrhizae with biochar, worm castings, seaweed and rock minerals to provide a strong population of plant allies to bring water and nutrients. NEW
Endo Mycorrhizae-water soluble symbiotic fungus, innoculate roots to bring water and nutrients   
Biodynamic Compost Starter-speeds decomposition, adds nitrogen bacteria, helps make humus, improves mineral availability; for compost piles, manure, leaves; 55 microorganisms
Biodynamic Field and Garden Spray-speeds the breakdown of cover crops or sheet mulch; planting can be 2 - 3 weeks after spraying & turning under, 55 microorganisms


Western Grow Compost-made from local food wastes and landscape wastes, Black and rich, NPK 1.5/.64/1. Recommended by local landscapers who love it. Support local nutrient cycling NEW
Organic Mushroom Compost-from a local organic mushroom farm. Premium food for soil life and wonderful in vegetable gardens, helps to loosen heavy soils and improve aeration and porosity
Lawn Topdressing: a fine grade of local Eko Compost, ideal to topdress lawns following aeration and fertilzer; gets food and water holding capacity to roots; great to apply to perennials too
A-1 EcoGro-locally made from landscape and beer wastes;
Eko Compost-made locally from egg farm chicken manure and wood wastes.
Dairy Cow-from low salt local Dairy Cow manure and bedding
Expanded Shale: a shale product that is mined and fired just south of Boulder to create a porous, light “gravel” that holds both water and air, and creates optimal housing for microorganisms. Aids in water penetration of tight clay soils (a Real claybuster). Use 2”- 3” expanded shale in the top 6” of soil; 10%-20% by volume. It does not break down, so it holds soil structure and reduces watering needs for a long time.


Soil Fertility Mix: Harlequin’s blend of certified organic fertilizer, humate, rock minerals, dry molasses, land-sourced coral calcium and mycorrhizae. Great for veggie gardens and all plants.
Yum Yum Mix- 2-2-2 Vegan/Organic fertilizer for alkaline, nutrient-poor Western soils, feeds plants/microbes.Made from alfalfa, cottonseed meal, kelp meal, rock dust, green sand, humate
Nature Cycle Fertilizer: made in Platteville from poultry manure and wood wastes. Excellent for shrubs and trees and is recommended for raspberries and other small fruits. Economical and is effective for fertilizing lawns
Alpha One Fertilizer: locally made 7-2-2. An alfalfa-based product with a high organic matter content, very high humic acid value, low pH for Colorado alkaline soils, and is non-burning. It also contains blood meal, cottonseed meal and bone meal. Excellent for vegetable gardens and lawns.
Biosol-an OMRI certified organic fertilizer that is 90% fungal biomass, 6-1-1, made from organic soybean meal, org. cottonseed meal, sucrose, lactose and trace minerals; holds water and stimulates soil life; without salt, nonburning, weed-free
Compost Tea-enriches soil, prevents disease, supports & inoculates soil life, increases plant growth and flowering. We make our own from Biodynamic Compost. Local fertility: Try it!
Mile-Hi Rose Feed: locally formulated specifically for Colorado soils, mostly organic, contains 12 essential nutrients and trace minerals for roses, adds organic matter, supports microorganisms. We’ve been using this for 18 years at the Boulder-Dushanbe Tea House with great results.
Cascade Minerals: basalt-derived micronutrients improve yield, stem strength, fruit quality and nutrient density of foods, in general improves health of plants; what is lacking in many fertilizers
Rocky Mt. Minerals: high calcium mineral supplement from Salida. Many micronutrients. Builds plant immune system and strengthens cells, increases yields and nutritional value


Fine Woodchip Mulch: mats tight to prevent blowing by the wind, and lets less light get to weed seeds, has more nutritive potential than cedar or redwood, decomposes rapidly against the ground
Soil Pep: partially composted fine bark mulch, dark and beautiful, ideal for rose gardens, shrubs and perennials, premium quality for front entrances and high visability
Maxfields Organics: new local company making premium soil mixes without peat from high quality ingredients: compost, coir, expanded shale, alfalfa fertilizer, rice hulls, biochar and beneficial microorganisms.
Maxfields Soil Conditioner-for amending clay soils and building raised beds
Maxfields Planting Mix-for filling planter boxes and large containers, like Earth Boxes (better than Eko Potting Soil that we carried last year?) And for topdressing vegetable gardens and planting trees and shrubs.


Maxfield’s Potting Soil-for transplanting seedlings, small containers, (for seed starting?)
Ocean Forest Potting Soil-their top grade with kelp meal, bat guano, crab & fish: nutrient rich: performed well
Coco Loco Potting Soil –made from Coco fiber instead of peat, looks good, we’re trying it this year
Solar Caps: Season extending device that’s a big improvement over “Wall-o-Water”. Sturdy wire frames are covered with a water-filled lining, they don’t blow over, light transmission is excellent. They can be left on all season to keep the soil warm at night, which is very beneficial for tomatoes and peppers. We planted a tomato in one on April 11, the first fruits were ripe July 15.
Green Cure: non-toxic cure for powdery mildew & blackspot, tomato blight, proved effective locally
Pharm Solutions for safe pest management: this great line of USDA certified products are made from organic essential oils & other non-toxic and good smelling ingredients.
Corn Gluten-a truly organic weed and feed; keeps weed seeds from growing, fertilizes with 9% N
Avenger non toxic herbicide made from citrus oil (d-limonene), fast acting, as effective as 20% vinegar, with no worry about the acidic effect of 20% vinegar.
20% Vinegar: in our trials of non-toxic herbicides, this and Avenger were by far the most effective


Garden by garden, person by person, day by day is how we became habituated to toxic chemicals, and in the same way, we can withdraw from ‘oil thinking’ and regenerate our world in partnership with Nature.

Mikl Brawner

What we do on land directly affects the ocean. Runoff from lawns, farms, streets, parking lots and construction sites is a major source of ocean pollution.

Ocean Conservancy
Harlequin’s Gardens has many winter-hardy cacti: chollas, ball cacti and prickly pears Also Agaves, Acantholimons, Hesperaloe, 3 Yuccas, Bear Grass.

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One of our specialties is fruiting plants that are adapted to Colorado conditions. All the apples we carry are resistant to fireblight and good-tasting. And the cherries we sell are all proven successful in Colorado. Our grapes are the most hardy of any you will find, delicious fresh, in juice and a few are good for wine. And we have productive & good tasting currants, gooseberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries including:
Crandall Clove Currant and Gwen’s Buffalo Currant-both are 5’x4’ with very fragrant yellow flowers in spring and annual bearing of sweet-tart berries full of healthy phytonutrients and reddish fall color; these are native currants selected for better fruit.  
Triple Crown Thornless Blackberry-late blooming so avoids late frosts, medium to large very sweet berries, semi-trailing, best pruned to 8’.
Orient Nanking Cherry-selected for flavor; it’s good; same 6’ height, xeric, red cherries
Johns, York and Adams Elderberries-larger berries, 8’, better edible elderberry, need two to pollinate, beautiful white flowers, berries are high in nutrition, loved by the birds
Hinnomaki Red Gooseberry: excellent flavor, tangy skin, sweet flesh, 3’, productive
Invicta Gooseberry: very large greenish white sweet fruit, very productive, vigorous
Tasti-Berry Gooseberry: won the taste test at Ft.C. Wholesale, sweet, successful
Imperial White Currant: clusters of white fruit with rich flavor, early ripening, from 1895
Alagan Black Currant: sweet and strong flavored European, culinary & medicinal, need 2
Niwot primocane Black Raspberry bred in Longmont, fruits on new wood, excellent flavor
Also Anne-yellow raspberry & Heritage & Polana red raspberries


Bali Cherry: semi-sweet cherry, very hardy to -54F, good for fresh eating and baking,
North Star: a natural dwarf 6’-8’, good tasting fruit, dependable, good ornamental too
Also Montmorency, Mesabi, Carmine Jewel


Mount Royal-deep blue sweet, juicy flesh, mid-late Aug, self-fertile, tough
Toka: rosy red, freestone, spicy & sweet, ripens Aug/Sept, very productive, needs pollinator
Also Stanley, Italian, Red Haven, Superior, Toka, Green Gage, Alderman


Reliance-zone 4, juicy freestone fruit with good flavor, self-fertile
Also Contender, Red Haven


Cortland-crisp, juicy, delicious fruit, for fresh eating, baking, cider; successful
Sweet 16: sweet & juicy, aromatic, stores well, zone 3, successful in CO.
Dakota Gold: large, yellow fruit is good fresh & for sauce and pies, zone 2-3, keeps for 1 week
Also Liberty, Haralson, Honeycrisp, Hazen, Macfree, Mandan, Zestar, Freedom, Honeygold, Red Baron, etc


Summercrisp-fine-textured dessert & canning pear, very sweet, ripens Aug,
Also Parker Pear, Nova and Loma


St. Theresa-zone 4, purple with excellent flavor, seedless, fresh eating & raisins
Swenson’s Red- zone 4, red, seeded grape, high sugar content, delicious flavor, superior
Also Swenson’s White, Trollhaugen, Valiant, Lacross, Concord, Marquette


We are carrying many good varieties, each for good reasons. Ft. Laramie, Tristar, Alexander Alpine, Earliglow, Yellow Alpine

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We are known far and wide for our selection of sustainable roses and for our expertise in helping people choose the best varieties for their gardens and landscapes. We sell roses on their own roots not grafted, which makes them more cold hardy, longer lived, with more flowers. Most of our roses are disease-resistant and very hardy and none should need spraying with toxic pesticides. Here is a sampling of what we carry.
Abraham Darby-5’x5’, very fragrant, salmon pink, very double, good repeat; Austin
Darlow’s Enigma-fabulous, fragrant 8’ Rambler that repeats, profuse small white flowers
Henry Kelsey-best cold-hardy red climber, tough, drought-tolerant, semi-double, repeats
Golden Wings-wonderful large single yellow/cream flowers, repeats, 5’, tough, good hips
Victorian Memory-12’ climber, very hardy, medium pink flowers, fragrant, repeats

See our 2017 Rose List on our website.


For several years now, global temperatures have been warmer than any year prior in recorded history.

Citizens Climate Lobby

Simply integrating nature into city infrastructure is a very low-cost but effective means for countering the (climate) changes.

Jonathan F.P. Rose, author of The Well-Tempered City

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Harlequin’s has a huge selection of perennials—all neonic-free-including:
Sulfur Flower-Kannah Creek
-mahogany fall color
Eriogonum allennii-3’ wide, very xeric, yellow flowers, a winner;
E. jamesii-silver foliage, light yellow flowers, local native
Aster porteri-local fall-blooming aster with clouds of white flowers, xeric  
Alyssoides graeca: yellow flowers early, xeric, 10” high 16” wide, attractive seed pods
Asclepias tuberosa: Butterfly Weed, orange flowers, 1’-2’ high, Monarch food and nectar
Callirhoe involucrata: Winecups; viney stems, purplish flowers, xeric native; 4’ diameter
Helianthemum Wisley Pink: 1” wild rose-like flowers in pink with silver foliage, xeric
Gas Plant-Dictamnus: shiny leaves, upright spikes of orchid-like white or pink, xeric
Asphodeline damascena: perfect 10” high grassy rosettes with spike of white flowers
Coreopsis ‘Sterntaler’: yellow pinwheels with reddish brown centers, touch and xeric
Iris: siberica Welcome Return; pallida variegata (green& white foliage) & historic variet.
Cotula from Drakensburg: tight groundcover from S. Africa, yellow button flowers, xeric
Dianthus: Tuscan Honeymoon-grassy foliage, 2’-3’ stalks of pink flowers late summer
D. gratianopolitanus-very tough groundcover. very fragrant pink flowers, durable
D. Blue Hills-the bluest foliage, fragrant flowers, 12” diam.
D. Firewitch-fragrant
Erodium chrysanthem-silvery, ferny rosettes 1’-2’ wide, 4” high; single pale yellow flowers
Lilies: Regal-4’ tall, very fragrant white with yellow trumpets, easy to grow, a classic
Formosa Lily-short 12’-18” tall with large white with maroon fragrant trumpets
Chocolate Flower: 12” x 24” wide, yellow daisies with chocolate fragrance, very xeric native
Clematis scottii: Sugar Bowl Clematis, deep blue flowers, non-vining to18” wide, native
Lemon Lily: a fragrant Day Lily with yellow, sweet smelling flowers on thin stems
Thymus citriodorus aureus: the best smelling lemon thyme, good for cooking too
Scabiosa lucida-Fairy Pincushion: sweet and tough, 12” plant 4” high, blooms long, xeric
Seseli gummifera-Moon Carrot: silvery blue foliage, 4” umbels of pink draw all pollinators
Echinacea angustifolia: strong medicinal Echinacea, narrow leaves, pink flowers, xeric
Sedum Turquoise Tails: turquoise blue foliage, 5”x12”, creamy yellow flowers, xeric
Also Sedums: Angelina, Rose Carpet, Purple Jazz, White Moss, Dragon’s Blood

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The trees we sell are smaller than ball & burlap trees that are dug in the field, leaving at least 75% of their roots in the ground. Ours are grown in a container so they have a complete root system and begin growing immediately and are not stressed. Here is a sample of some of ours.

Russian Hawthorn: very tough and xeric, grows 15’ high and wide, white flowers and red berries, loves CO.
Rocky Mt. Maple: a native of our foothills, likes to grow in the protection of other trees, red fall color, 10’-15’
Gambel Oak and Wavyleaf Oak: both natives that grow 10’-15’, with little water and poor soil, support birds  
Hackberry: a good shade tree to replace an ash, a fast-growing hardwood, the most drought tolerant shade tree
White Mulberry-the hardiest mulberry, 25’-30’ tall & wide, very xeric, white fruit is tasty & does not stain
‘Corinthian White’ Peach-gorgeous double white flowers on columnar ornamental tree 20’x10’ zone 5
Quercus turbinella-8’-12’ native oak with evergreen leaves that are leathery and sharp toothed, hardy
Golden Rain Tree-25’ xeric tree with golden flowers in July, lantern-like pods, seeds abundantly
Chokecherry-native, suckering tree to 15’-25’ with white flowers, edible fruit; great for birds and butterflies
Silver Buffaloberry (Shepherdia)-10’ native tree with edible red fruit, silver leaves, very xeric, few thorns
Mayday Tree (Prunus padus)-20’-30’ with clusters of white flowers, then bird fruit, fast screen
Catalpa-40’-50’ with vertical habit, orchid-like flowers, huge round leaves, 12” beans, xeric & special
Arizona Cypress-20’-30’ evergreen, blue foliage is fragrant, not scratchy, quite fast growing, bird favorite
Plus Honeylocust, Crab Apples, Silver Maple, Bur Oak, Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn, Aspen, Ptelea



This year we continue to offer a wonderful selection of seeds from our local Botanical Interests for tried-and-true vegetables, herbs, flowers and sprouts. (Their seed quality is excellent, packets are adorned with exquisite botanical illustrations by local artists, and their packets are loaded with great information.) We also offer excellent wildflower seed mixes and pollinator-specific mixes from another great local seed purveyor, BBB Seeds.

We have added a carefully selected rack of seeds from Seed Savers Exchange, a non-profit network of thousands of gardeners interested in conserving biodiversity by preserving heirloom varieties and sharing seeds. We have chosen unique and fascinating varieties that will enhance your gardening adventure.

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Thank you, local gardeners, for helping to cultivate a healthy 21st Century World!


Mikl Brawner & Eve Reshetnik-Brawner
And the Great Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens


For decades, the Hershey Co. has used sugar made from both sugar beets and sugar cane, but it decided to stop using the genetically modified sugar beets because enough people complained.


We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.

Howard Zinn

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